MIRE+ Consortium

Project completed

The humanitarian situation in Colombia remains critical. Due to the ongoing and intensifying activities of ilegal armed groups, large numbers of people endure violence, live under threats and have to leave their homes temporarily or permanently. 

Bearing in mind the recurrence of humanitarian needs in the affected regions, the MIRE+ Consortium -supported by SDC- aims at contributing to durable solutions and better conditions for resilience. It develops integral responses that address humanitarian needs and also boost the recovery of livelihoods and improve the access to basic services.



Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
Household food security
Water supply
01.07.2021 - 30.11.2023
CHF  3’000’000

Despite a reduction in the intensity of violence after the signing of the Peace Agreement in 2016, since 2018 the armed actions of different Organized Armed Groups (GAO) have increased again, mainly in territories historically affected by the armed conflict. The ICRC identifies the persistence of “at least five ongoing non-international armed conflicts” in the country, having a disproportionate humanitarian impact on the civilian population. This situation has had a great impact mostly in rural areas, leaving more than 97,000 people displaced in 2020, of which approximately 55% were afro descendant and from indigenous communities. According to the National Victim's Registry (RUV), about 500’000 people have been displaced since the Peace Agreement was signed. In comparison to other crises, the response to the victims of the protracted armed conflict remains underfunded, as governmental and international efforts are focusing their attention on the migration crisis and the COVID 19 pandemic.

Since 2018, the actions of Organized Armed Groups have increased including attacks against the population and civilian infrastructure, and even against medical and humanitarian missions. In Addition, there is an increase in contamination by explosive devices; increase in collective deaths (massacres) and homicides (social leaders, human rights defenders and people in the process of reincorporation, among other civilians), as well as less visible actions, such as forced recruitment of children and sexual and gender-based violence.

Objectives Contribute to early recovery, protection, peace building, access to services and livelihoods for 30,000 people, victims of humanitarian emergencies associated with the armed conflict in the Colombian Pacific coast, Amazonas and other affected areas
Target groups

People affected by armed conflict and violence in the departments of Nariño, Cauca, Chocó and Amazonas, prioritizing on vulnerable population of ethnic communities (indigenous and Afro- Colombian communities). 

Additional humanitarian situations such as natural disasters, COVID 19 and migration will be taken into account for the selection of the target groups, to guarantee the inclusion of the most vulnerable population.

Direct beneficiaries: It is expected that around 30,000 people will be directly targeted by the project (15,000 people per year).

Indirect beneficiaries: The indirect population is estimated at 40,000 people who live in areas close to the project and who benefit mainly from the protection actions and community strengthening activities.

Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1. Protection. Vulnerable communities supported by the project have increased their knowledge and abilities, to stay safe and protect their fundamental rights, regardless of gender and taking special care of the most disadvantaged social sectors, in coordination with responsible authorities.


Outcome 2. Basic services and livelihoods. Communities affected by the armed conflict, particularly the most vulnerable and excluded sectors, have improved their life conditions, through equal access to basic services and initiatives of socioeconomic recovery based on their specific needs.


Outcome 3. Early recovery and advocacy. Public institutions and other development and humanitarian actors, have increased their presence and capacities to protect communities affected by the armed conflict and implement programs that contribute to early recovery and sustainable development.


Expected results:  

Output 1.1 Empowerment. Technical assistance is provided to leaders and vulnerable communities to actively participate in recovery and self-protection actions.


Output 1.2. Legal Assistance. Information, orientation and legal assistance services are provided to persons affected by the conflict/crisis, to facilitate access to the National Registry of Victims, humanitarian aid or comprehensive reparation mechanisms, according to need.


Output 1.3. Counseling. Information, guidance and counseling services are provided for the development and adaptation of Community Protection Plans and self-protection mechanisms.


Output 2.1. WASH. Water supply and sanitation systems are built and rehabilitated in communities affected by the conflict. Technical assistance is provided for the creation and strengthening of water committees for proper management of the systems.


Output 2.3. Food security and nutrition. Capacity building is provided for the improvement of sustainable agricultural practices.


Output 2.4. Livelihoods. Technical assistance, inputs and materials are provided, to strengthen livelihood initiatives (agricultural and non-agricultural) that enhance the sustainability and economic autonomy of families and communities.


Output 3.1. Advocacy. Advocacy actions to promote the engagement of public actors and organized civil society are developed, in initiatives that improve the provision of public services and the protection of vulnerable communities.

Results from previous phases:  

This is the first phase of the MIRE+ Consortium program. 

Some insights from previous projects implemented by the 3 partner organizations now forming a consortium include:

  • Between 2017 and 2020, around 180,000 people in 67 municipalities of 14 departments, highly affected by the armed conflict and other humanitarian emergencies benefited from humanitarian aid of these organizations.
  • The interventions have been a practical Nexus field experience, as it aimed to respond to the impact of humanitarian emergencies and also to contribute to the early recovery of the targeted communities, including solutions on WASH, food security and livelihoods. These combined approaches have had a significant positive impact on the living conditions of the targeted communities.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Implementing partner
Acción Contra el Hambre, Alianza por la Solidaridad y Consejo Noruego para Refugiados

Coordination with other projects and actors
  • European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office ECHO DG.
  • Governmental entities (Mayors' Offices, Governors' Offices, National System of Attention and Reparation to Victims, etc.).
  • Community structures (Community Councils, Resguardos/Indigenous Councils) and Community Leaders.
  • Civil Society Organizations. 
  • Local organizations.
  • Humanitarian and development organizations present in the areas, such as UN Agencies (UNHCR, FAO, WFP) and ICRC. 
  • Cooperation agencies and private sector.  
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’514’583
Project phases Phase 2 01.10.2023 - 31.03.2025   (Current phase)

Phase 1 01.07.2021 - 30.11.2023   (Completed)